In July of 1975, President Carter was in the White House, "The Hustle" became a number one hit across the nation, and STREET CHOPPER paid homage to the bike lover who liked to shake things up and get creative.
We started with the 22nd Annual San Diego Custom Car, Rod and Motorcycle Show, where a host of choppers, three-wheelers, antiques, and mini-bikes were displayed to give attendees ideas about building the ride of their dreams.
Then, we introduced readers to Larry Sartin, who showcased the two loves of his life - his chopper and his practice of self-defense. Originally starting out with a '67 police bike, Larry transformed it into a lean, mean, martial arts machine, complete with an airbrushed tiger, a Kung Fu monk, and a fire dragon.
Continuing with the creative theme, we brought the invention of Wayne Barker to our pages. Using some unique fabrication techniques, the Tennessee resident built a one-of-a-kind V-8 trike that made a long-lasting impression at Daytona Beach that year. At first glance, it looks as if the three-wheeler is hauling an old, wooden outhouse. In actuality, the extension is a crushed-velvet-lined passenger cab, awaiting those interested in taking a trip on Wayne's wild ride.
On the technical side, the July issue featured several articles about how to maintain a bike for optimum performance. Readers were given suggestions on how to prevent oil leaks, how to fire the engine, clean out the carburetor, and weatherproof chopper electrics with fingernail polish. "Tech Tips" abandoned the idea of impulsively buying a new clutch when it doesn't work properly and gave a four-step answer to the cure for a faulty clutch.
Although it's been nearly 30 years since the July '75 issue was released, we hope that STREET CHOPPER continues to provide you with ideas that allow your imagination to flourish. Return to Time Tripping next month for yet another trip to the past.